Armenia is 77th among 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 released by the Transparency International.
Armenia has improved its score from 35 to 42 as compared to last year's report.
As to Armenia's neighbors, Georgia is 44th, Azerbaijan is126th, Turkey is 91st and Iran is 146th.
“With a score of 42, Armenia improves by seven points since last year. Following the revolution in 2018 and the formation of a new parliament, the country has demonstrated promising developments in advancing anticorruption policy reforms.
Despite these improvements, conflicts of interests and nontransparent and unaccountable public operations remain impediments to ending corruption in the country. While improving political integrity will take time and resources, increasing public trust in law enforcement and the judiciary are critical first steps in ensuring appropriate checks and balances and improving anti-corruption efforts,” the report says.
Transparency International experts state that more than two-thirds of countries – along with many of the world’s most advanced economies – are stagnating or showing signs of backsliding in their anti-corruption efforts.